Monthly Archives: October 2010

THE FOUNDING VISION: OUR FIRST RULE

The first Missionaries of Provence produced a request for authorization that they addressed to the Aix diocesan authorities. We can see this document as the statement of the founding vision of what today we refer to as the larger Mazenodian … Continue reading

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WHAT HAPPENED ON 25 JANUARY 1816 – FINALIZING THEIR “VISION STATEMENT”

 What did the newly-formed group of Missionaries do on 25 January 1816? A few weeks’ before, Eugene had written to Henri Tempier about his program for this day: At this meeting we will draw up the Rule which we will … Continue reading

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WHO WERE THE FIRST MISSIONARIES OF PROVENCE?

 The first activity of the newly-formed Missionary group was to write a request of authorization to the diocesan authorities.  The undersigned priests: … -have the honour of requesting from you the authorization to come together at Aix in the old … Continue reading

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25 JANUARY 1816: RECALLING THE FOUNDING STORY

The all-important first day of community life for the Missionaries was obviously a story often repeated in all its details. In his Memoires, Father Tempier, described it as: “This memorable day that I will never forget for as long as I … Continue reading

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25 JANUARY 1816: THE FIRST DAY OF COMMUNITY LIFE!

 25 January 1816 marked the first day of community life for the Missionaries, with the arrival of the first three members. Eugene had bought some of the Carmelite Convent, with an arrangement that the seller, Madame Gontier, could continue using … Continue reading

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THE JOY EXPERIENCED BY THE PREACHER IN BEING AN INSTRUMENT OF GOD FOR OTHERS

Concluding the narrative of the blessing and opening of the chapel for the youth, Eugene tells how he preached, and was happy to see that his words bore fruit. As preacher, Eugene understood himself as being an instrument through whom … Continue reading

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THE YOUTH CONGREGATION BECOMES THE FIRST TO USE THE MISSION HOUSE IN AIX EN PROVENCE

We continue the narrative of the beginnings of the house in Aix en Provence – the place of birth of so many important aspects of our charism. The youth were the first to make use of the building. Thus the … Continue reading

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FUND-RAISING: DREAMS CANNOT MATERIALIZE WITHOUT THE PARTICIPATION OF THOSE INVOLVED

 The poor state of the church necessitated expenditure to make it usable. Initially it was the choir – the internal chapel once used by the Carmelite sisters – that needed repair, and thereafter the church itself. The very first group … Continue reading

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FUND-RAISING: DREAMS NEED BENEFACTORS IN ORDER TO BECOME REALITY

 The foundation of the Missionaries involved considerable expense. A Prospectus for the Missions was produced in which an appeal was made for benefactors to participate financially in the evangelizing activities of the Missionaries by subscribing towards the expenses of setting … Continue reading

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IF I HAD FORESEEN ALL THE TROUBLE, WORRY, ANXIETY AND CONFUSION THIS ESTABLISHMENT WOULD THROW ME INTO, I BELIEVE I NEVER WOULD HAVE HAD THE ZEAL TO UNDERTAKE IT

Having spoken about the dilapidated state of the church, where the rain poured in as much inside as outside, Eugene refers to the sad history of the uses of the former church of the Carmelite Sisters in its recent history. … Continue reading

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